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on our broadcast here tonight, at what cost? the oil slick grows, the cost of the cleanup soars and nobody -- the beaches along the coast. baked, the east baked by heat. off the grid americans who hate their government so much they say they are willing to kill for their beliefs. and making a difference by allowing people to make a connection. also tonight, something we have never seen the queen of england wear before. have never seen the queen of england wear before. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with brian williams.
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good evening. while millions of americans are enjoying a little extra fourth of july vacation time on this 5th of july, for millions in the gulf region this holiday weekend was up like any other. they know if life will never return to normal the oil has to be turned off and cleaned up. in the meantime and with every passing minute there is more of it in the waters. it didn't help. last week's passing hurricane pushed the slick closer to land with choppy seas that slowed down the cleanup. the oil still billows out, partially contained by the dome and this was a desolate weekend of financial ruin for some folks. the spill cost bp $3.12 billion so far. there is more where that came from -- more oil and more of that bp money. we begin tonight at the naval
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air station this evening. good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. texas officials found the first known tar balls from the oil spill on their beaches. we boarded a chopper with to see the efforts to contain the oil. through the rain we fly towards the leak site. >> nothing is ever certain with the weather systems. >> reporter: the rear admiral says weather dictates so much. weather recently sidelined skimming for five days. >> every minute you lose is that much more oil going into the gulf of mexico. >> reporter: moving closer to the converted supertanker "a whale" comes into view. so do streamers of oil. it has the capacity to take in 500,000 of oily water but it need mrs. trial runs. >> the biggest challenge is that the oil is widely distributed in narrow bands. "a whale" is 1,100 feet lock.
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>> reporter: through the rain you can see the helix producer, the third containment vessel and it's scheduled to come online on wednesday. combined with two other vessels they will capture more than 5,000 barrels a day. >> if we are able to intervene at the source it will give us a good indication of what the flow rate is. a permanent fix is riding on two relief wells. bp may seal it this month, ahead on estimates. >> you have a seven inch pipe trying to intercept another seven-inch pipe from three miles away. it would be premature to get our expectations up. >> reporter: the other concern today is that small tar balls have been spotted in lake pontchartrain in louisiana prompting local officials. the reason there is so much
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concern about lake upon ch-- pontchartrain. >> thanks. as we mentioned this was a grim weekend on beaches that are usually packed affecting a huge region that counts on the money they make right now to get them through the rest of the year. this year, oil washing up on the beaches means people are staying away from the beaches. ron mott is in pensacola for us tonight. ron, we were there a few days ago. same circumstance. hardly anybody on the beach. >> reporter: absolutely, brian. good evening to you. there is an old '70s tune that says rainy days and mondays will always get you down. the single most important week around here for the summer tourist season. [ raining ] >> reporter: on a dreary gray
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morning, about the only footprints left on pensacola's beaches were barely noticeable. eventually they, too, were swept away. neither rain nor the lingering threat of oil washing ashore were enough to keep chris rivers and his family from new orleans from changing their vacation plans as so many have. >> we have been coming here for five years. we love it out here. the food, the people. everybody's nice. >> reporter: yet business has been anything but nice of late. as brian discovered firsthand last week. >> there should be customers waiting for tables. >> yes. >> reporter: just a single customer in the castaway's restaurant and today wasn't much better. >> the season is ruined. >> reporter: what should be a banner week is starting off bust. realtor fred simmons has seen his condo rentals disappear. not enough new bookings to replace them. >> this time of year we make 20 to 30 reservations a day.
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we are making one to four per day. >> reporter: further east on florida's coast, summer's in full swing. still oil-free in sandestin. >> demand has been down a little bit. it takes good marketing, good customer experience, good values. we have seen business respond to that. >> reporter: on pensacola beach the rivers family hopes for a relaxing vacation regardless of where the oil goes. >> because we have the pool we didn't care too much that there would be oil on the beach. we're going to have a good time no matter what. no matter where. >> reporter: the famed blue angels are set to bring their popular airshow over this beach this weekend, brian. a lot of retailers say it may be their last chance this summer to recover a lot of what they have lost so far. >> that air show is a huge event every year. ron mott in pensacola. you saw the threatening skies behind ron. one more note from the gulf tonight.
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far southern louisiana is dealing with a small but powerful storm, center of your screen there, that could grow into almost cyclone strength. it blew up today at the tip of the delta and could cause damage before it's over. while we are not ready to say this is the next big storm to come along, there is another one. an area worth watching in the western caribbean south of the gulf. it's a tropical wave officially now. it could develop into a tropical depression. the problem is gulf waters are extremely warm right now for this time of the season. so it may be a very long storm season ahead. then there is our current weather. our viewers in arizona won't be impressed by this, but we want to show you a bank thermometer in washington, d.c. tonight. that would be 108 degrees. much of the eastern half of the country is officially in a kind of mini heat wave, dangerously hot in some places. our own stephanie gosk is with
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us from madison square park tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, as fun as it may look here, this heat wave is intense. it is going to make life very difficult for people up and down the east coast. it's hot. oppressively, miserably, just short of record-breakingly hot. >> i think it's scorching hot. >> reporter: in washington, d.c., dedicated fourth of july tourists still visited the memorials but they weren't happy. >> wasn't this hot when we left georgia. not this hot. >> reporter: tomorrow is going to be even hotter. >> for much of the northeast it will be the hottest day tomorrow. as a matter of fact, we are forecasting 100 in century trra. it will be the first time since 2001. >> reporter: from new hampshire to virginia, temperatures are reaching sweltering heights. >> a code red heat alert for baltimore city. >> it will be oppressive and
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sultry. >> reporter: tomorrow, city cities in the northeast could max out in triple digit with no sign of relief for days. in central park, sun addicts and runners ignored the heat warnings at their peril. what are you doing here? >> getting some sun. >> reporter: the more reasonable hit the beach. >> down by the water, it's beautiful. >> reporter: connecticut had to close the gates at one pub lib beach. it was too crowded. >> nowhere to sit. >> reporter: in virginia, firefighters needed back-up so they weren't overwhelmed by the heat. the most vulnerable are the very young and the very old. new york set up 100 cooling centers offering free air conditioning. >> other people like me don't have air conditioning. it's a nice place to come to. >> reporter: 500 more centers will open tomorrow. giving people cool puts a strain on the power grid. the heat wave hit over the
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holiday weekend when demand was low. tomorrow everyone goes back to work and they turn the power back on. >> stephanie, thanks. vice president joe biden is on his way home from iraq tonight. he spent the fourth of july weekend, as you may know, visiting some of the more than 90,000 u.s. troops stationed in that country and talking politics with local iraqi officials. andrea mitchell traveled with the vice president. she asked him about an incident yesterday in which several mortar rounds were fired near the u.s. embassy just as the vice president was getting out of his vehicle. >> we heard this whistle, went over our head in the automobile. apparently not too far away there was an explosion. so the secret service said "we should go inside, sir." i said, "let me finish this debrief." but i pulled the covers over my head and went to bed. >> no one was hurt. the vice president's son is a
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veteran of the war. he served as a captain in the army national guard until last year. back here in this country, there is new attention being paid tonight to a movement within society. specifically the federal government. it's the so-called sovereign citizens movement. they claim the government has no control and a deadly shootout in arkansas raised new concerns about the group. we have more tonight from our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: it begins with a routine traffic stop. white mini van with suspicious plates. as a policeman questions the driver, the passenger begins shooting. the driver leaps in and drives off. officers responding realize what happened. the policeman who made the stop and another who came to back him up are both lying dead. in a nearby parking lot after
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the van is rammed to prevent escape it ends in a shootout with the van occupants dead. >> god forbid any of us are put in the position of those officers. >> reporter: the driver was jerry cane. it was his son who fired the shots. both were active in the sovereign citizens movement, getting new attention since may's deadly shootout. they share a belief that most of what the federal government does is illegitimate. thousands of websites on how to evade taxes or how to escape court action on delinquent mortgages. jerry kane conducted seminars on how to keep the county sheriff from evicting homeowners in foreclosure. >> you can use the three forms as a release of lien against the property. >> reporter: in suburban washington, d.c. j.j. mcnabb studied the movement and said many followers have a specific belief. >> what the government is doing is they set up a birth
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certificate, sell shares in your future earnings to foreign inves tors. the current theory is that china is buying up the babies in america. >> reporter: brent johnson says a belief in violence is shared only by a minority of followers. >> i believe that violence is a last resort, but is a necessary option and should be left on the table. >> reporter: ohio police say donald matthews was one of them. he shot and killed a policeman in 2002 believing he had a right to anyone who required him to have a driver's license. maybe tens of thousands of citizens, maybe more, a movement the experts agree is growing. pete williams, nbc news, washington. for most americans this has been a long weekend for celebrating the nation's birthday and relaxing here and there. there were good fireworks displays last night around the country. there was the famous macy's fourth of july display in new york over the hudson river.
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seattle, well known for its impressive pyrotechnics last night was no ex-exceptiception . in pensacola, local folks sat on the beaches where they have been fighting incoming oil and they took just a moment to take it all in. when "nightly news" continues in a moment on this monday night, the damage from the oil spill you can't always see. the toll of the relentless anguish in that region. and a bit later on, a town gets something a lot of us take for granted every day thanks to one man who is making a difference there. could switching to geico really save you
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and it's serious. our report from nbc's kerry sanders in louisiana. >> reporter: mental health experts say that oil combined with an unknown future is a toxic mix provoking a growing anxiety, especially for those who make their living on the waters here. >> shrimp, crab, fish, oysters, this is all we do. >> reporter: some fishermen who faced similar demons during hurricane katrina are reaching out for help again. >> there are many problems with people being depressed. >> reporter: counselors report the number of those seeking help is growing. >> what i had, i was happy with what i had. not so much anymore. >> one of the people told me the other day, i thought i had finally put everything to rest. but it's like a can with a lid and the lid came off. i find myself going through the same symptoms i was going through five years ago. >> reporter: others like merlin
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campo are coping in their own way. do you cry? >> i do. >> reporter: is that good? >> yeah. it eases you. >> reporter: 55-year-old charter boat captain alan cruz couldn't face the crisis anymore. >> felt helpless out there. >> reporter: his daughter kelly is now mourning her father's suicide saying her youngest memories are of her dad on the water here. >> i remember him on this boat until the day i will die. >> reporter: she was on a nearby boat. >> he yelled and said, i'll talk to you on the radio. i told him i loved him, too. that was the last time i spoke to him. >> reporter: counselors say it's the one who is don't ask for help who can be the most vulnerable. >> this is beyond being tough. being tough can only get you so far. this is a disaster that makes people feel helpless. >> reporter: mental health experts say after katrina folks were able to rebuild their homes.
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now with the oil, it's unclear if they will ever be able to rebuild a way of life. kerry sanders, nbc news, louisiana. when we come back here tonight, a newly discovered connection with our prehistoric past. that was pretty sweet. but you did have eight layers of sweet crunchy back up. what can i say? you're the man. or -- you know, the little dude. that's me. [ female announcer ] stop mid-morning hunger with kellogg's® frosted mini-wheats® cereal. an excellent source of fiber from 100% whole grain that helps you stay full, so you can stay focused. also, try chocolate little bites. so, how'd the meeting go? outstanding, i wowed them with my chocolate chip center. so, how'd the meeting go? they're fishermen, they're shrimpers, they're laborers, they're deckhands, they're people who work in restaurants...
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these are the people of the gulf coast who need our help. i'm darryl willis. i oversee bp's claims process on the gulf coast. bp has got to make things right and that's why we're here. part of that responsibility is letting you know what we're doing to make it right. we're replacing the lost income for fishermen, small businessmen and others who aren't able to work until the spill is cleaned up. our claims line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. people can call or go online and 900 people are here to help them file their claims and get their checks. working with the government, we're already paying tens of thousands of claims. we've agreed to create a $20 billion claims fund, administered independently, and it's at no cost to taxpayers. i was born and raised in louisiana. i volunteered for this assignment because this is my home. i'll be here in the gulf as long as it takes to make this right. - for the better. - we'll close your loan at your own house if you want.
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our final story tonight comes from atlantic beach, south carolina, where the surf report from there today was not good. just one to two-foot seas and only ankle-high surf, but the people in that town now have a chance to surf indoors, without the need for water. that wasn't possible for everyone in atlantic beach until
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recently. our own roger o'neil has our "making a difference" report. >> reporter: it was the final connection. opening a world of information and opportunity to these 9-year-old twins. >> yes! [ fanfare ] >> the stuff that you learn in school, you can take home and log on the computer with it. >> reporter: computers and the internet may be yesterday's news for many, but yesterday pretty much describes atlantic beach, south carolina. as in many small, poor towns across the country, many people can't afford to get on the internet. ward shepherd wants to change that. the sbentrepreneur just made atlantic beach technologically advanced. >> knowledge sets you free. knowledge is what gives you an opportunity to excel without access to the internet, without access to knowledge then really you stay stagnant and you don't
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grow. >> reporter: unlike hot spots in airport, new high tech antennas throw a wifi net over the intertown. >> now you can connect to the internet here, and here, and even here. and it's all free. the town didn't spend a dime, but shepherd's motives aren't entirely altruistic, his company will benefit if other places use the technology. for people who live here, this is real progress. founded in the '30s as a town on ocean for blacks denied access elsewhere, the town is struggling. for low income families this helps level the playing field. >> when you go on this internet it's not about race, where you live, how you dress, you're on the internet and you're free to roam. >> reporter: the only trouble the twins have now, sharing with computer with their aunt who's taking college courses, but it's
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magical when the girls are able to roam. roger o'neil, nbc news, atlantic beach, south carolina. that's our broadcast for this monday night. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. happy july 4th and happy july 5th for that matter.

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